Humility

Let’s Party!

Christmas is a birthday party. Just the other night I found myself staring at my pathetic Christmas tree. It’s about three feet tall and unusually skinny. It does, however, have flocked branches and attached white lights for a holiday effect. My living room is small and (I know) over decorated, so I thought a modest …

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Federal Prison to Public Speaking

Most people fear public speaking; I do too. Why? Standing on a stage in front of 130 women in federal prison will challenge anyone. Public speaking in public is one thing, but in federal prison while serving time? My heart would race and thump, and all I could think of was how silly I must …

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I Wanted to Vomit After Typing My Name in Google

After typing my name into google, I felt like vomiting. I’ll be honest, I knew what I was going to see, but hoping it had disappeared.  Hope is good, yet reality can be brutal. Todays blog from Holly Pasut, Freedom Speaker is about getting out from under google, especially when google won’t let go of …

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What Would You Do if You Witnessed Something Illegal?

Would you intervene if you witnessed something illegal? After I was released from Alderson Federal Prison, I visited friends and co-workers whom had supported me, through emails and letters. It was comforting to know they were still on my side and returning was an opportunity to personally thank them. One afternoon, I decided to surprise …

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Do You Condemn? Fear of Truth

Have no fear, for everyone is afraid of something, everyone has a secret, and nobody wants to get caught. Are you hiding behind something you condemn others for? Have you ever said this, “Please don’t tell anyone…?” The fear of being judged by a mistake you made is frightful, especially if you risk losing everything …

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When was the Last Time You were Happy?

Can you remember the last time you were happy? Really happy? Be honest.  What makes some people happier than others? Why? Better circumstances, more money, better job, nicer car, maybe servants? Last week we had one of those magnificent days. It was truly a “Carolina Blue Sky Day”. Not too hot, not too cold, not windy, …

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Sharing Something Other Than A Selfie

Sharing something of value is a gift our society has forgotten.  We share for money or tweets.  People are on “speed dial” when it comes to publicly sharing their selfies, new haircuts or their new promotions. Do we share because we really care? Or do we share because we get something in return? As I …

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Fired For No Reason or Discriminated?

Fired for no reason: Discriminated based on personality.  Whether you can be fired for no reason, when you did nothing wrong, depends on your employment status and specifically on whether you are an at-will employee. In most of the United States, employees are generally considered “at will” employees. At-will means that you or your employer …

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